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The Dodgers traded 22-year old right-handed pitcher Duke von Schamann to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for lefty Colt Hynes, the team announced late yesterday.

Last year while in the Padres' organization, Hynes was magnificent the first half of the season. In 41 games with Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Tucson, he went 2-0 with five saves and a sparking 1.52 ERA.

By mid-July Hynes was in San Diego, where he'd remain for the rest of the season. In 22 games with the Padres, he had mixed success as evidenced by his 9.00 ERA.

The numbers don't tell the entire story. Over his last eight appearances, the 28-year old allowed only three earned runs.

After the season, San Diego sold Hynes to Cleveland with whom he spent all of Spring Training.

To acquire Hynes, Los Angeles sent von Schamann, their 15th-round draft pick in the 2012 draft. The 22-year-old left hander has an overall record of 18-11 in three minor league seasons.

He's pitched as high as Double-A where he went a combined 4-5 in 2012 and 2013.

To create room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers designated outfielder Mike Baxter for assignment. The outfielder signed a one-year $700,000 deal with Los Angeles in the off season.

Baxter appeared in four games with the Dodgers this season, going 0-for-7 with two strikeouts.

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